LaCarce Aldridge, a seven-time All-Star center who recently signed with the Nets, unexpectedly announced his retirement on Thursday, saying he experienced an irregular beating during a game last week.
Aldridge, 35, has dealt with heart-related issues during his 15 seasons in the NBA and has a condition that causes rapid heartbeat. They played their last game 126-101 on Saturday Los Angeles Lakers In Brooklyn.
In a statement released on social media, Aldridge said, “My last game, I played while dealing with an irregular heartbeat.” “Later that night, my rhythm got worse which made me even more worried.” He said he went to a hospital the next day for a checkup.
Aldridge wrote, “Although I am better now, what I felt that night was one of the scariest things of that night.” “With that being said, I’ve made the difficult decision to retire from the NBA for 15 years, I’ve put basketball before, and now, it’s time to put my health and family first.”
After the Lakers game, during which he had 12 points, 3 rebounds and 3 blocks, he claimed responsibility for the Nets’ loss. “It starts with me,” he said Told reporters. “I started the dormant tonight. I think it was contagious for everyone. It was hard for me to go tonight, but no excuse. “
Aldridge, who was Signed in late March, Was the latest of several marquee additions to the net in recent years and was expected to be a role player for a team with championship aspirations. In five matches with the Nets, he averaged 12.8 points and 4.8 rebounds on 52.1 percent shooting.
“The Nets ‘organization fully supports Larskas’ decision, and while we pay attention to the value he brought to our team during his short time in Brooklyn, his health and well-being are more important than the game of basketball, “Sean Marks, Nets’ general manager, said in a statement following Aldridge’s announcement. “We know that this was not an easy decision for her, but after careful consideration and consultation with several medical experts, she made the best decision for her, her family, and basketball’s later life.”
In his deceitful year, Aldridge learned that he has Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome, a condition that causes rapid heartbeat. As a result, he missed the season. He Sometimes games are missed For years due to irregular heartbeat.
Aldridge was drafted by the Chicago Bulls with the second overall pick in 2006 and was immediately traded to the Portland Trail Blazers. In his second season, Aldridge was a full-time starter and established himself as one of the best big men in the league, particularly due to his shooting ability. He spent nine seasons with the Trail Blazers and then signed with the San Antonio Spurs. Aldridge is particularly beloved in Portland for helping the team win the playoff series in 2014, which was Franchise’s first series win since 2000.
his The career average is 19.4 points and 8.2 rebellions in 1,029 games. Will make him a candidate for the Basketball Hall of Fame. He made two All-NBA second teams and three All-NBA third teams.
In his statement, Aldridge thanked the Trail Blazers for “giving me in the family” and for the Nets “wanting me for me” for “drafting a skinny Texas kid and giving him a chance”.
“You never know when something will end, so make sure you enjoy it every day,” Aldridge said. “I can truly say that I did just that.”